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Jonathan Alexander Headcarrier Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 10, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JONATHAN ALEXANDER HEADCARRIER, a 21-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to sexual abuse. Sentencing has been set for April 5, 2012. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On April 5, 2010, defendant JONATHAN HEADCARRIER sexually abused the 3-year-old victim, who he was babysitting while her foster parents went to the store.

When they returned, the front door was unlocked and the lights were off. After the victim's foster parents knocked for approximately two minutes, HEADCARRIER finally answered the door. He then returned to the twin bed in the front room. As her foster father walked past the room, the victim popped her head out from under the covers. Her foster parents then told her it was time to get ready for bed. As the victim was in the bathroom, her foster mother noticed the victim was drying her eyes. When her foster mother asked what was wrong, the victim began crying and disclosed that HEADCARRIER touched her "down here," pointing to her genital area. She indicated that the area hurt and when asked if he touched her on the inside, responded affirmatively. The victim's foster parents immediately called the police. The victim also later disclosed to medical personnel that she had been touched in her genital area by HEADCARRIER. In December 2010, HEADCARRIER admitted to an FBI agent he lubricated his finger in his mouth and placed his hand down the victim's pants, fondled her vagina and inserted his finger in her vagina.

The defendant is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe and the offense occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

HEADCARRIER faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years up to lifetime supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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